Tuesday, September 14th


Registration & coffee

Ticket holders on-site will need to show a Covid-19 vaccine certificate or documentation of a negative Covid-19 test taken less than 24 hours before check-in. Information on testing facilities will be announced shortly


Opening session

Moderator: Kari Birkeland


Owe Hagesæther, Leader of the Steering Committee, and Nina Stangeland, Leader of the Program Committee

Opening Speech

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon

The Ocean Panel Transformations – from words to action

Peter Haugan, Co-Chair Ocean Panel Expert Group

The Ocean Gap

Kjerstin Braathen, CEO, DNB Bank ASA



OCEAN WEALTH: Policy, Taxonomy, Markets and Value Creation

What level of investments and regulations are needed to close the ocean gap and ensure a sustainable ocean economy for generations to come? In this session we will
learn more about new value chains and rewarding cross-sectorial collaborations. We will discuss the policy-makers role in radical change towards decarbonization

Moderator: Kari Birkeland

Taxonomy – prerequisites for sustainable investments in ocean industries

Anne Margrete Platou, DNB and Andreas Engen Willersrud, The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association

Energy Transition Outlook – Norway’s role in the global energy system

Sverre Alvik, Director Energy Transition Outlook, DNV

Shipping in transition – towards zero emission

Kristian Mørch, CEO, Odfjell

Raising capital to develop tomorrow’s sustainable ocean economy: the case of Grieg Seafood’s Green Bond

Renete Kaarvik, Global Finance Officer, Grieg Seafood




New value creation – an ocean of possibilities

Moderator: Kari Birkeland

Norwegian ocean based renewable energy and seabed minerals

Finn Gunnar Nielsen, Professor, University of Bergen

Ocean Forest – new forms of biomass production

Harald Sveier, Manager Ocean Forrest, Lerøy Seafood

Sustainable exploration of deep sea minerals

Anette Broch Mathisen Tvedt, CEO and Co-founder, Adepth Minerals

Zero emission vessels – piloting ammonia fuel cell

Marie Launes, Commercial and Environmental Manager, Eidesvik


Norwegian offshore wind in a European perspective

Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope


Managing natural resources

Elisabeth Gabrielsen, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries


OCEAN TALK: Radical change towards decarbonization

What kinds of regulations are necessary to ensure a sustainable ocean economy in the future?

Paul Christian Rieber, President, The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association
Sissel Rogne, CEO, Institute of Marine Research
Maria B. Helsengreen, Nordic Sustainability Lead, Partner, EY


Social gathering

Delegates are invited to a social gathering in Spissen, the Grieghallen main foyer

Wednesday, September 15th


OCEAN HEALTH: Sustainable use of ocean resources

How can we reduce ocean pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect and restore marine and costal ecosystems? We will look at some of the solutions that has been developed, and we will look at challenges that needs to be met with new solutions. Which measures gives the greatest climatic benefits?

Moderator: Kari Birkeland

Seafood – a sustainable and healthy solution for global challenges?

Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT

Investing in the Blue economy for sustainable ocean

Isabelle Juillard Thompsen, CFA and Portfolio Manager, DnB Asset Management

Energy transition – for a healthy ocean

Amy Finlayson, Global Public Affairs, Ørsted

How can the fertilizer industry contribute to zero emission sea transport?

Eystein Leren, Director, Industry & Market Leads, Yara Clean Ammonia




OCEAN TALK: Coexistence and cooperation – can it lead to sustainable and profitable operations offshore?

What can we do to increase cross-industrial collaboration for a sustainable use of the ocean resources? And how can we both protect and restore the oceans
resources and reduce ocean pollution?

Karoline Andaur, Secretary-General, WWF Norway
Amy Finlayson, Global Public Affairs, Ørsted
Tore Halvorsen, CTO, Loke Marine Minerals
Krister Hoaas, Lerøy


Short break


OCEAN KNOWLEDGE: Competence and collaboration

How can collaboration between scientists and businesses develop new methods and technologies for sustainable use of ocean resources? The industries need new competence, further digitalization and automation, as well as smarter use of data. There is a need for increased knowledge both across the industries and across industries and academia in the work for sustainable use of ocean resources and to increase the blue economy.


Digital Twins of the Ocean – Opportunities to connect science to society

Martin Visbeck, Head of Research Unit at Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR and Professor at Kiel University

Deep Purple – green hydrogen offshore energy system – a pilot consortium for developing transformative technology.

Tonje Istad, Sourcing, Procurement and Engagement, Deep Purple, TechnipFMC and Anja Guerrera, Marketing, Slåttland AS

Data driven ocean research: The Ocean Data Platform

Jo Øvstaas, Chief Technology Officer, C4IR Ocean

Northern Lights CCS – operators collaborate on investment and sharing knowledge

Christel Lambton, Technical Director, Northern Lights JV


OCEAN TALK: Competence and collaborations

Part 1) Knowledge collaboration – sharing insights for data driven ocean research
Geir Huse, Research Director, Institute of Marine Research
Tore Furevik, Managing Director, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Jo Øvstaas, Chief Technology Officer, C4IR Ocean

Part 2) Competence for the future
Pinar Heggernes, Pro-Rector, University of Bergen
Gunnar Yttri, Rector, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Looking ahead and closing remarks


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